Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2014: Indie Films on Musicians – The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2014 will show four indie films on musicians this coming weekend (February 21st- 23rd) in Missoula, Montana. The films feature stories about musicians: Wilker Flores from Angola and his death metal band; Grant Hart, 80’s Punk singer and drummer from the band Hüsker Dü; James Booker, New Orleans blues piano legend; and rock band The National filmed during the release of their fifth album, High Violet. A live performance by Grant Hart will follow the screening on Saturday evening. Watch the trailers below and check out the synopsis and schedule for this weekends shows.
Death Metal Angola
Directory/Producer Jeremy Xido, 2013, 83 minutes
Friday Feb 21 – 9:00 PM – Wilma 1
Saturday Feb 22 – 2:00 PM – Top Hat, Montana Premiere & Feature Competition
DEATH METAL ANGOLA tells the story of Sonia Ferreira – a war survivor, lover of rock music, and mother to 55 orphans – as she and her partner, the Death Metal musician Wilker Flores, launch Angola’s first-ever national rock concert. Their dream is to help their country recover from decades of war through the power of music and gives audiences a look at a rock show off the grid that is fulfilling, haunting, and real.
Every Everything: the Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart
Directory/Producer Gorman Bechard, 2013, 93 minutes
Saturday Feb 22 – 8:30 PM – Wilma 1, Montana Premiere
The one and only star and singing voice of this film, Grant Hart, the lucid yet damaged drummer of Hüsker Dü, soberly analyses the great American punk tripartite of the 80s while rummaging around in its soul. Every Everything is the perfect title: it all comes out, and what’s more, it’s told by an articulate, alienated and ill-tempered chronicler, brimming with vulnerability, wide-ranging hatred, and terrible addiction. Director Gorman Bechard doesn’t beat around the bush, this is a bold and original documentary with big ideas and big noise. He gets Hart to open his deep dark soul and in doing so fractures ours.
With a live performance by Grant Hart following the screening.
Directory/Producer Lily Keber, 2013, USA, 90 minutes
Sunday Feb 23 – 12:00 PM – Top Hat, Montana Premiere
Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius.
Mistaken for Strangers
Director/Producer Tom Berninger, 2013, USA, 75 minutes
Sunday Feb 23 – 3:30 PM – Crystal, Montana Premiere
In 2010, the indie rock band The National released their fifth album, High Violet. After ten years as critical darlings, the band was finally enjoying wider recognition. As they were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career, lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to be a part of their tour crew. A budding filmmaker and horror movie enthusiast, Tom brought along his camera to film the experience.
For more information regarding film showings go to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2014 website.